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NEMA Supports the Electrical Safety Experts Symposium

NEMA Supports the Electrical Safety Experts Symposium

NEMA has been invited to participate in the 4th Electrical Safety Experts Symposium, organized by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources. The event is March 22 and 23, 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The symposium will be an incredible opportunity to interact with key operatives in the electroindustry and regulatory sphere in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Participants will learn about the current status of electrical safety in the Kingdom and how it will change Read more [...]
Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Charles Botsford, PE, Chemical Engineer, AeroVironment The electric grid has changed, but the change isn’t finished. With state and federal requirements to incorporate more renewable energy—primarily wind and solar—as part of our power generation mix, the grid must also incorporate a massive amount of energy storage to continue to provide stable and low-cost power. Electric vehicle (EV) charging is Read more [...]
Committee to Address Life Safety in Integrated Building Systems 

Committee to Address Life Safety in Integrated Building Systems 

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. In response to the need to address the rapidly advancing practice of integrating multiple technologies and systems into one cohesive building system, NEMA’s Fire, Life Safety, Security & Emergency Communication Section (3SB) formed the new 3SB Systems Committee. The committee will address the life safety aspects of integrating systems that encompass the inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements Read more [...]
Grid Modernization Leadership Council Forms

Grid Modernization Leadership Council Forms

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, PMP, NEMA Industry Director, NEMA The Grid Modernization Leadership Council, a joint assembly of the Utility Products and Connected Systems divisions, held its inaugural meeting in conjunction with NEMA’s 2016 Annual Membership Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. This council was established to accelerate the adoption of a modern electric grid by providing guidance and recommendations on new Read more [...]
Medical Imaging: A Pioneer in an Interoperable World

Medical Imaging: A Pioneer in an Interoperable World

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA Interconnectivity, interoperability, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are buzzwords more likely used in reference to an internet network or home theater system rather than medical imaging. However, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), NEMA’s medical imaging division, has been and continues to be a pioneer in connectivity and interoperability. Digital Read more [...]
Changing the Face of the Industry

Changing the Face of the Industry

This piece was originally published as the president's column in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Have you ever fast-forwarded through commercials or turned off cable in favor of streaming a movie? Just as technological advancements increase consumer control over media consumption, new technologies enable consumer control of electricity consumption. What was a vertically integrated electric system—with monopoly utilities owning the entire system from generation to transmission Read more [...]
Data Center Colos Respond to Need for Flexibility and Speed to Market

Data Center Colos Respond to Need for Flexibility and Speed to Market

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Anand Krishna, Vice President for Business Development, PDI Mingbo Zhao, PhD, Vice President of Engineering, PDI Vlad Gulkarov, Director of Engineering, PDI Dave Mulholland, Vice President of Service, PDI As data center power distribution equipment evolves to address the changing needs of data centers, it is growing and becoming more competitive. Underlying drivers such as the Internet of Things, cloud-based Read more [...]
West Coast Acts on National Codes

West Coast Acts on National Codes

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA With the publication of the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) in September, code adoption activity has begun. The Idaho Electrical Board voted to recommend the adoption of the 2017 NEC. This recommendation and recommendations for the adoption of the 2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes) will be forwarded to the state legislature to be considered Read more [...]
Securing the Connected Environment

Securing the Connected Environment

Jim Gilsinn, Senior Investigator, Kenexis Consulting Joshua Marpet, Senior Vice President of Compliance and Managed Services, CyberGRC Scott Lyons, Executive Vice President of Business Development, WarCollar Industries Internet of Things (IoT) technology is included in an unprecedented and increasing number of new devices. From smart meters to light bulbs and refrigerators to thermostats, the prevalence of IoT devices continues to grow. Many companies in the industrial control system Read more [...]
Demystifying Blockchain: How It Will Grow Demand for Distributed Energy Resources

Demystifying Blockchain: How It Will Grow Demand for Distributed Energy Resources

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA You may have heard the buzz about using blockchain technology to facilitate energy transactions, especially for distributed energy resources. Unless you are a bitcoin user, however, you may not know what a blockchain is, or its relevance to the electrical system. This article should help demystify the concept of blockchain Read more [...]